Re: "Concerned for Pravit and his fellow detainees", Letters, May 28.
My wife is worried about what the detainees are getting to eat. I don’t care what they’re getting to eat. But if they’re eating in Thai Army mess halls, I hope it’s better than the MREs we used to get in the US Army. That stands for Meals Ready to Eat, also known as Meals Rejected by Ethiopians.
What I’m worried about is nicknames. Every Thai has a nickname. In the old days we always knew the nicknames of the biggest generals. They were always prefaced by “Big”. So General Sompong was Big Jod, General Chavalit was Big Jiew (“Big Tiny”, an oxymoron), and General Suchinda was Big Su (known among Johnny Cash fans as “A Boy Named Su”). The Nation has dropped the ball by failing to give us an in-depth profile of General Prayuth, including his nickname. If it’s Big, that would be splendid, because then we can call him Big Big.
Let’s have that in-depth profile. I hope his gruff exterior hides an even gruffer interior. You don’t have to criticise him, but you don’t have to suck up to him, either. Just give us the facts. Including his nickname. I hope it’s Big.
Horace Beasley (Thai nickname: Ngo)